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EXAMPLE

SEAL

ARTISTS
DATES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaga-ya Kichiemon

(seal name - Kagakichi

加賀吉,

firm name - Seiseidō

 青盛堂, 

family name - Tsutusmi Kichiemon

 堤吉右衛門,

aka Kaga-ya Kichibei

or Yorozu-ya Kichibei)

 

Andreas Marks titles his

section on this publisher

 as Kagaya Kichibei  in

his book published by

Tuttle in 2010.

Marks #195

加賀屋
吉右衛門

 

かがや
きちえもん

Edo

 

Marks seal #22-027

 

Andreas Marks notes that

this particular seal was used

between 1830s to 1844.

Eizan, Fusatane,

Hayakawa Shōzan,

Hiroshige II, Hiroshige III,

Kunichika, as Kunisada &

as Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II, Kunisada III,

Kuniteru II,

Kunitoshi, Kuniyasu,

 Kuniyoshi,

Myōrindō Kakushi,

Nobukazu, Toyokuni I, 

Yoshifuji, Yoshikazu,

Yoshiiku, Yoshitora,

Yoshitoshi, Yoshitoyo

  & Yoshitsuya

As early as the first decade of the 19th c. to as late as 1875 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1815 to 1850

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the earliest date of ca. 1804 for this publisher.

"By the mid 1810s, the firm Seiseidō, which was at that time owned by Kagaya Kichiemon, started to issue prints." The first series published by them appears to be by Kunisada. Little is known about this house until they hit pay dirt with the publication of Kuniyoshi's 108 Heroes of a Popular Water Margin series. "In the 1840s, Kagaya's output again decreased significantly." However, business picked up again in the 1850s. "In the second month of 1862, Kagaya Kichibei's son Otojiro inherited the business and became Kichibei II. He succeeded in continuing the, at the time, successful business and engaged many more artists..." Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 264.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kaga-ya Yasubei

(seal name - Kagayasu

加賀安)

Marks #196

加賀屋
安兵衛

かがや
やすべえ

Edo

 

Marks seal #25-099

 

Andreas Marks notes that

this particular seal was used

between 1849 to 1853.

 

Hiroshige II, Kunichika,

Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III, Yoshiiku,

Yoshikazu & Yoshitsuna

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1849 to 1861

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kagi-ya Shōbei

( Seal name - Kagishō 鍵庄)

( Originally mistakenly referred to

as Kagi-ya Shōjirō - see below)

Marks #198

 

This attribution had been tentative because we had not found any other exact examples of this seal. However, E., our frequent and invaluable contributor and one who knows much more about these things than we do notes that the top character is kagi (鍵) and the second is shō (庄).

鍵屋

兵衛

かぎや

しょう べえ

Edo

There is no longer a page

linked to this print.

 

Marks seal #25-177

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1862-63 for

this seal.

Kunichika, Kuniaki II,

 Kunihisa, Kunisada II,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Toyokuni III & Yoshikata

Marks gives the dates XII/1860 to VIII/1864.

This publisher took over the business of
Mikawa-ya Rihei.

 

 

         

Kakumoto-ya Kinjirō

(seal name - Kakukin

角金, firm name -

Sumimoto-ya Kinjirō

角本屋金次郎)

Marks #199

角本

金次郎

かくもとや

きんじろう

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us by M, a great friend. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal #25-114

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1852-64 for

this seal.

 

Chikuyōdō, Hiroshige III,

 Kunihisa II, Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III, Yoshiiku,

Yoshikazu, Yoshitoshi

& Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1851 to 1868

The carver Hori Koma worked for this publisher in 1854. Hori Shōji did the same in 1853.

 

 

 

 

 

There is no link

to this 1854
Kuniyoshi print.

 

Marks seal #24-056

 

Dr. Marks gives the

date of only 1854

for this seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kama-ya Kihei

(Seal name - Kamaki 釜喜)

Marks #201

釜屋

喜兵衛

かまや

きへい

Edo

 

The print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

Marks seal #11-024

Kunisato,

Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1851 to 1859

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kame-ya Iwakichi

Marks #203

亀屋

岩吉

かめや

いわきち

Edo

 

The print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

Marks seal #06-009

Kunihisa, Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III, Yoshitoshi,

Yoshitsuya

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1845 to 1863

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kawachi-ya Genshichi

(Seal name - Kawagen 河原,

firm name - Tōeidō 東栄堂)

Marks #227

河内屋

原七

かわちや

げんしち

Edo

 

The Toyokuni I print to the right

is from the Lyon Collection.

Click on it to see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-103

Eizan, Hidemaro,

Kunisada, Ryūkoku,

Shuntei, Toyokuni I,

Utamaro

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1802 to 1819

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kawaguchi-ya

Chōzō

(Seal name - Kawachō

川長, family name -

Kawamura 川村)

Marks #230

川口屋

長蔵

かわぐちや

ちょうぞう

Edo

 

Marks seal #25-358

 

Dr. Marks does not

specify any dates for

this seal.

Eisen, Hiroshige,

Kunisada,  Kuniyoshi, 

Sadafusa, Sadakage,

Toyokuni II

As early as 1830 or earlier

to as late as 1844 or later

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1830 to 1840

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca. 1845-1868 for this publisher

 

 

         

 Kawaguchi-ya

Shōzō

(Seal name - Kawashō

川正,

firm name - Shōeidō

正栄堂 or Eisendō)

Marks #231

川口屋

正蔵

かわぐちや

しょうぞう

Edo

 

Marks seal #25-355

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1820s-40s for

this seal.

 

Eisen, Eizan,

Hiroshige, Hokuga,

Kunihide,

as Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kunitora,

Kuniyasu, Kuniyoshi, 

 Sadafusa, Senchō

& Toyokuni II

Andreas Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1824 to IV/1852

The Museum für angewandte Kunst in Vienna gives the dates of ca.

 1816-1854 for this publisher

This business was taken over in the 4th month of 1852 by Ebisu-ya Shōshichi.   

 

 

         

Kawaguchi-ya Uhei
(seal name - Kawaguchi

川口,

firm name - Fukusendō

福川堂,

family name - Kawaguchi Uhei

福川宇兵衛)

Marks #232

川口屋

卯兵衛

 

Andreas Marks gives

the kanji as

川口屋宇兵衛

かわぐちや
うへえ

Edo

 

 

Marks seal #21-142

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1800s-33 for

this seal.

 

Eisen, Eizan, Hiroshige,

Kuniaki, Kunimitsu,

as both Kunisada & Toyokuni III, 

Kuniyasu,

Kuniyoshi, Sadahide,

Sadamasa,

Sadatsuna, Shun'ei,

Shunkō, Shunkō II,

Shunsen,

Toyokuni I, Toyokuni II,

Yoshimune & Yoshiyuki

As early as 1791

 to as late as ca. 1854

 

Andreas Marks gives the

dates the 1800s to 1852

In 1808 Kawaguchi-ya appears to be the first publishing house to produce actor prints by Kunisada. For a short time in 1812 the firm's head was one of the censors. "By the late 1830s, Kawaguchiya entered the market for illustrated books with Sadahide..." The business was taken over by Tsuji-ya Yasubei in 1852. Source and quote from: Source and quotes from Japanese Woodblock Prints: Artists, Publishers and Masterworks 1680-1900 by Andreas Marks, p. 252.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kawaoto

Andreas Marks says that Kawaoto is the seal name of this publisher. The publisher's name is Kawane -  かわね

(unidentified:未詳).

Marks #U130

川音

かわおと

Osaka

 

Marks seal #25-351

 

Dr. Marks does not

specify any dates for

this seal.

Hirosada, Kiyosada,

Kunimasu,

Kunitsune, Masunobu, 

Sadakatsu, Sadanobu

& Sadamasu I & II

Andreas Marks gives

the dates as ca. 1847-1860s

 

 

         

Kazusa-ya Iwakichi

(Seal name - Jōgan

上岩, aka Iwazō)

 

Andreas Marks refers to this publisher as Kazusaya Iwazō.

Marks #233

上総屋

岩吉

かずさや

いわきち

Edo

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us from a private collection. We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

Marks seal #21-052

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1845-50 for

this seal.

Hokui, Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji, Yoshimune,

Yoshitsuya, Yoshitora

Marks gives the

dates as ca. 1842 to 1855.

 

According to Marks this publisher operated out of the premises

 of another publisher, Yamashiro-ya Jinbei.

 

 

 

The 1852 Toyokuni III print to the right is one we have not shown. There is no link to it.

 

Marks seal #25-291

 

 

         

Kichi
(cf. Iseya Kanekichi listed on the previous page)

きち

Osaka

Ashiyuki, Hatsukuni, Hokumyo, Hokusho, Kunihiro, Sadamaru,  Shigeharu, Shuno,  Shunshi, Shunpo, Shunyo,  Shunzei, Toshikuni, Umekuni  & Yoshikuni
As early as 1816  to as late as 1833 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kinkadō

(Seal name - Konishi 小西;

firm name Kinkadō 金花堂)

Marks #242

Marks calls this publisher

Kinkadō Konishi.

 金花堂

小西

きんかどう

 こにし

Kyoto

 

One of our correspondents, H.S. sent us this Hirosada diptych. There is no link

to a larger image.

 

This seal is clostst to

Marks seal #25-170

Hironobu, Hirosada, Hokuei,

Hokuju,  Kunimasu,

possibly Kyosai, Sadamasu,

Sadahiro, Sadanobu

As early as 1832 or earlier to as late as 1861 or later. Possibly as late as 1880.

 

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1834 to 52.

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

 

 

Marks seal #24-088

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ki-ya Sōjirō
(
Komori Sōjirō - family name  小森宗次郎;

Kobokudō - firm name 紅木堂)

Marks #252

木屋宗次郎 

きやそうじろう

Edo

 

Marks seal #26-143

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1851-74 for

this seal.

Chikanobu, Chikashige, Fusutane,

Ginkō, Kokunimasa,

Kuniaki,

Kuniaki II, Kunichika,

Kunifuku, Kunimaro,

  Kunisada II,  Kunisada III, Kunisato,

Kuniteru II, Kuniyoshi,

Shungyō, Toshimasa,

Toyokuni III, Yasunobu, Yoshifusa,

Yoshiiku, Yoshikata, Yoshikazu,

Yoshimura, Yoshitora, Yoshtsuya,

Yoshitoshi

According to Marks this publisher

operated from ca. 1851 to 1904.

The carver Hori Koma worked for this publisher in 1860.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kiyomizu-ya

(aka Shimizu-ya)

There is an earlier publishing house working under the Shimizu name. I have yet to figure out what the connection might be, if any.

清水屋

きよみずや

(しみずや)

Edo

Kuniyoshi

Possibly as early as 1844 or earlier to as late 1854 or later

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kobayashi Taijirō

(aka Bunseidō)

Marks #257

小林
松五郎

こばやし
たいじるう

Edo

 

Marks seal #08-132

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1848-53 for

this seal. (These dates

do not agree with the

date we have assigned

to the print to the

left.)

 

 Kuniyoshi,

Toyokuni III,

Yoshifuji &Yoshiiku

 

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1846 to 1894.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koga-ya Katsugorō

( Seal name - Kogakatsu 古賀勝)

Marks #262

古賀屋

勝五郎

こがや
かつごるう

Edo/Tokyo

 

Marks seal #17-008

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1844-60 for

this seal.

Chikanobu, Kunichika,

Kunimichi II, Kunisada & Toyokuni III,

Kunisada II, Kuniteru, 

Kuniyoshi,

  Renchidō, Sadamasu,

Sadashige, Sadayu,

Sadayuki,

Yoshiiku, Yoshifuji,

Yoshimasa,

Yoshimori, Yoshinobu,

Yoshiteru, Yoshitora,

Yoshitsuru

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1843 to 1874.

 

 

 

 

The Kunichika print to the right

is not one we have offered.

Marks seal #17-006

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates of 1844-60 for

this seal, but this example

 may actually date from 1867.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kojima-ya Jūbei

( CORRECTION:

On 12/6/16 we noticed that

we had entered

this name as Kojima-ya Jūbei.

This was a mistake.

We have corrected it now.)

Marks #264

小嶋屋

重兵衛

こじま

じゅうべえ

Edo/Tokyo

 

The print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

 

Marks seal #21-125

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1845-49 for

this seal.

as Kunisada and

Toyokuni III,

 Kunimasa, Kuniyoshi,

Sadashige, Toyokuni I

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1797 to 1869.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Koshimura-ya

Heisuke

( Seal name - Kohei 越平)

Marks #274

CORRECTION: 越村屋

平助

 

こしむらや

へいすけ(?)

Edo

 

The print shown to the right  is not one we have offered. However, it has a publisher's seal which we want to display for your information. The image  has been sent to us by our great contributor Eikei (英渓). We are grateful for this contribution to our site.

 

Marks seal #20-007

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1843-65 for

this seal.

Hiroshige, Kunitsuna,

Kuniyoshi, Yoshikata

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1843 to 1865.

 

 

 

 

 

The print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-086

 

Dr. Marks gives the

date 1853 for

this seal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kyōji

(Seal name - Kyōji 京次

or 京治)

 

Marks #U174

 

 

Edo

 

The print to the right is from

the Lyon Collection. Click on it to

see more information.

 

Marks seal #25-140

 

Dr. Marks gives the

dates 1846-48 for

this seal.

Kuniyoshi

Marks gives the dates of

ca. 1846 to 1848.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manzen

CORRECTION:

This publisher is now listed as

Yorozu-ya Zentarō

Go to our last publishers page to see the revised information.

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
   

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